Helmets are designed to provide protection in
motorcycle crashes, football games, and other activities that expose the head to impact and
injury. A helmet can mean the difference between life and death. Yet some
helmets are sold even though they do not meet minimum federal standards.
Some helmets are labeled as complying with standards which they do not
in fact meet. And some helmets still get sold even after the manufacturers
have pulled them from the market.
Before buying a helmet, do some research.
First, NEVER buy a helmet that does not have a label indicating compliance
with DOT standards.
Second, we recommend that you buy a helmet approval by Snell. The Snell
Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helmet testing
and the development of helmet safety standards. Snell independently tests
helmets to ensure they meet Snell’s strict standards, which require
the helmet to absorb substantially greater forces than the U.S. Department
of Transportation. A label indicating Snell compliance may be fake, so
check the Snell website to verify that the helmet has been tested and
approved by Snell.
Third, learn how to identify an unsafe helmet.
Fourth, avoid used or “hand-me-down” helmets. If the helmet
has been dropped, crashed or damaged in the past, it may not protect fully.
Any helmet that has suffered damage or been involved in a crash should
be replaced and the old helmet should be destroyed.
Last, buy a good helmet and make sure to use it.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a defective
helmet or the negligence of another, please
call a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at Kelley/Uustal.